The Museum of Furuta Oribe

Exhibits Oribe-gonomi tea utensils, manuscripts written by Oribe, and heirlooms of warlords and tea masters connected with Oribe

Telling the world about the supreme beauty embraced in “Oribe-gonomi”

Furuta Oribe started life with the birth name Furuta Shigenari. He was one of the seven disciples of Rikyu and served as tea master to the warlords Nobunaga and Hideyoshi as well as the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Such were his qualities, that after Rikyu’s death, he was garnered with the accolade: “first under heaven”.
Oribe is known for his daring, avant-garde shapes and motifs for tea bowls at the Mino potteries (Mino-yaki), which were said to express a sense of zany humor (he-uge-mono, in Japanese).
The museum was opened in 2014, to mark the 400th anniversary of Oribe’s death, with the collection of some 500 pieces having been collected over many years by the museum director, Miyashita Harumasa, who has long been enthralled by Oribe’s unique aesthetic values Unleashing his creative skills in various pottery wares, such as Karatsu, Mino (Shino, Oribe), Bizen and Iga, as well as tea ceremony utensils, architecture and landscape gardening, Oribe dominated aesthetics so totally that his artistic style became an artistic term: “Oribe-gonomi”. And, this museum works to send Oribe’s message of “supreme beauty” out across Japan and across the globe through planned exhibitions held twice a year, in which core exhibits come from the museum director’s collection. To greet visitors to Oribe’s world, the small garden next to the museum’s entrance is adorned with an Oribe garden lantern and a replica stone wash basin.

photoBlack Oribe tea bowl

Black Oribe tea bowl


What did Kamiya Sotan (a wealthy merchant form Hakata) say upon seeing a twisted tea bowl used by Furuta Oribe in a tea ceremony in 1599?

Address B1 107-2 Kamigamo Sakurai-cho, Kita-ku
TEL 075-707-1800
FAX 075-707-1801
Hours 9:30 ~ 17:00(entry by 16:40)
Closed Mon(following day if Nat Hol)New year hols, exhibition changeover periods
Adm Adults ¥500, High school and college students ¥400, Elementary and junior high school students ¥300
Access A 3-min walk from Exit 4 of the Subway Karasuma Line Kitayama Stn/A 3-min walk from Shokubutsuen Kitamon-mae Stop of City Bus and Kyoto Bus

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